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  President Trump Joint Press Conference with South Korean President Moon  CSPAN  July 1, 2019 1:04pm-1:37pm EDT

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when they were last threatened in the broadcast era. it did not work. >> watch "the communicators," tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span2. former special counsel robert mueller at the house intelligence and judiciary committees on wednesday, july 17 at 9:00 a.m. eastern to testify in open session about his report in russian interference in the 2016 election. watch live coverage on c-span3, online at c-span.org, or listen on the free c-span radio app. announcer: prior to his meeting with north korean leader kim jong-un, president trump and the south korean president held a joint news conference in seoul. questions focused on relations with north korea, specifically what president trump helped to get out of a meeting with
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chairman kim, the possibility of a third summit with the leader and sanction relief if north korea denuclearize. this is about half hour.
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>> opening remarks will first be given by the president of south korea. theill now hear from president from the republic of south korea. >> i extend my welcome to president trump and to the republic of korea. today, the korean peninsula together with president trump notedcome the land most on earth. since the declaration of , the united states and north korea will be meeting for the first time in history, the leaders of the united states of north korea will be standing face-to-face in the symbol of division and make handshakes for peace.
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if we continue to communicate and engage with each other in dialogue, we can move towards the best situation. this is something we will be able to see for ourselves today. south and north will be able to become confident about peace and the world will provide their support and cheer on president trump and chairman kim with high expectations. here is an enduring peace on the korean peninsula. i hope that president trump will go down in history as a president who is chief of peace on the korean peninsula. peace requires more courage than conflict. i would like to extend my appreciation to the two leaders am are being so brave, and i very overwhelmed with emotion toause we have been able create a way towards peace with the korean peninsula.
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it is the only viable option for achieving denuclearization in the korean peninsula. president trump and i have reaffirmed we are on the same page and that we share common goals. in particular, as complete denuclearization and peace building on the peninsula, we are both committed to the singapore agreements and concur that implementing this agreement simultaneously would be vital. leavet end, i hope i will with the u.s. and resume as early as possible, and i hope there will be progress made between the leaders of the two countries together with the people of the republic of korea. and not only the security for the u.s. alliance has become a
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comprehensive alliance that strengthens the corporation and not only security but also global issues and economic reason. alliance is working toward peace, prosperity, and we have decided to continue in coordination. i believeent has said this is a victory for both countries and we have established a framework with the amendments. the two leaders have agreed to further accelerate the momentum to expand trade and investment and further expand alliance to a mutually super goal economic alliance. our two countries will continue to work close together as allies. this is a core region for peace and prosperity for both countries. under the regional cooperation of principals with conclusiveness and transparency, i believe it create a new southern policy and the indo pacific strategy can find common
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ground. recently, we have shared in our concerns related to the attack the gulfl tankers and of oman, and the escalation in the middle east, so freedom of passage and transit is very important for the international energy. for theigh regard careful restraint showed by president trump. have agreed to cooperate for stability in the middle east. president trump and i will not forget the history and the spirit of the great alliance. our two countries will work and visits top allies the republic, reaffirming our common strategies, and i am heartened and very glad that going forward we will work closely together and be frank and open in our discussions and communications to sally develop the alliance.
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president trump is the maker of peace of the korean peninsula. you really are the peacemaker of the korean peninsula. i hope that this meeting with kim jong-un at the location will bring hope to the people of south and north korea and to be a milestone in the history of humankind. again, i would like to extend my warmest welcome to president trump. our friendship will go deeper and greener as the leaves of early summer. thank you. >> thank you very much. we will now hear the opening remarks of president trump. president trump: thank you very much. i will make a very short statement because we are going to the dmz border, and i will be meeting with chairman kim. i look forward to it very much. i look forward to it very much. we have developed a very good
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relationship and we understand each other. i do believe he understands me and i may be understand him, and sometimes that can lead to very good things. one to start by just thinking president moon and very importantly, first lady moon. she is a very special woman and spirit. she loves your country very much, as does president moon. we had a great dinner last night together, and spends a large part of the morning discussing lots of different things, including trade and military, frankly, and many other items. just thought i would mention that when we came here, our great ambassador, who arrived last night, our great ambassador, who is here aboutace, who was talking the turmoil going on because of -- there was a
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vitriol level of vitriol that was happening between north and south and north to a large extent, where there was a lot of risk and threat and a lot of bad things were happening. that was before he became president. knows,you and the media because they covered it frankly, very well and fairly, at the beginning, there was a lot of anger between myself and kim since, something happened. there was a point at which it happens, and all of a sudden, get along. i figured that when it was in japan where they hosted a fantastic g20, and i went to just thank prime minister abe because they did a fantastic job and a lot of good things came out of that. a lot of good meetings with other countries. i can tell you from the standpoint of the united states.
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to come here a while ago as part of going to the g20. i promised president moon, and then yesterday i was just thinking, hey, i'm here, let's see whether or not we can say hello to kim jong-un. i put out the word and he got back and he wanted to do it from the beginning, and so did i, but there is a lot of good feeling when sometimes the media will say, what has happened? they know what has happened. what has happened is there was nuclear testing, ballistic missile testing. they had hostages of ours, as you know, a very tough situation, and now we are getting back our remains. we got back to hostages with no ballistic missile test, and there has been no nuclear tests, and south korea is a whole different place, and japan. prime minister abe was telling
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me japan is a different place. they had missiles going over japan on a constant basis. so i hate to hear the media give false information to the public. when they say what has been done, what has been done? a lot has been done and there is a good feeling. on behalf of president moon, he feels much better -- even chairman kim. he feels much better. they cannot have meetings. nobody was going to meet. president obama was going to meet, and chairman kim would not meet him. the obama administration was begging for a meeting. they were begging for meetings constantly and chairman kim would not meet with him and for some reason, we have a certain chemistry or whatever. now, let's see what happens. we have a long way to go, but i'm in no rush. sanctions are on, and i am in no rush. i am in no rush with iran.
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i am never in a rush. if you are in a rush, you get yourself in trouble, so i just want to say that we are going to dmz andng out to the something i planned long ago but had that idea yesterday to maybe say hello, just shake hands quickly and say hello because we have not seen each other since vietnam. we had a great meeting in vietnam. people don't realize it. it is all part of the whole negotiation, but we had a great meeting in vietnam. we had a great meeting in singapore. everyone gave us praise for singapore and not vietnam. frankly, the meeting in vietnam in terms of the deal was more important than singapore. i think what i would like to do is we will take one or two questions, as i understand it, and then i will head out to the dmz and pay my respects to
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everybody, including some soldiers. we have tremendous military here. and south korea. and we are going to see some of our great american soldiers. we will be talking to them, and i will be seeing kim jong-un, and a few word, you can start with a question. thank you. >> thank you very much. we will now take questions. [indiscernible] they will be answered by president moon, followed by president trump. be interpreted consecutively, so please remove the earpiece. we will not first take a question. -- we will now first take a question.
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>> [speaking foreign language] >> hello, mr. president.
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i am from cbs and i would like to first of all welcome president trump upon your second visit to the republic of korea at the restricted bilateral meeting this morning, president moon, you had mentioned you will be accompanying president trump to the dmz about the books of the dialogue that will between -- that will be between president trump and chairman kim and you are looking forward to progress there. once the conflict is established between president trump and chairman kim at the dmz, what kind of progress do you expect in the subsequent negotiations, and how about the possibility of a third u.s.-north korea summit happening before the end of the year? my third question relates to the written interview you had given to various agencies recently and in that interview, you had mentioned that if north korea underwent inspection
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verification from the international community and if north korea dismantles the conflicts, then the international community could explore the sanctions for partial sanctions relief. has there been any discussions regarding this issue this morning and what was the response from the u.s. side? : [speakingoon jae-in foreign language]
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>> to answer your question, yes, i have been invited to visit with president trump this
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afternoon. however, as i had mentioned, the focus of the dialogue today will be the dialogue between the united states and north korea, and of course, president trump and chairman kim will have a reunion and dialogue, and i hope and i do believe this is vastly significant for the dialogue that will follow after the meeting today. and, also, today, they will be a dialogue between the united states and north korea, but as for the inter-korean dialogue, this will happen at a later time. as for the question regarding the third u.s. north korea summit, i believe how the reunion, dialogue and meeting turns out this afternoon will have a great essay on when and whether the u.s.-north korea summit will happen for the third time, so i do expect to see progress there. as for the last question, what i had explained was if north korea goes through the dismantlement
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in a genuine way, dismantlement of the nuclear complex, then this will mean that we will be entering, we will be arriving at the entrance of and irreversible says samson denuclearization -- substance of denuclearization. if this is a momento, the international community will be able to discuss partial sanctions relief. my words were in this context. >> [speaking foreign language] >> now we will take a question for president trump. the white house will choose who asks the question. >> we will let our president choose, go ahead. you.dent trump: thank she has learned very well. [laughter] thank you, stephanie. just add one thing to your question for cbs, it is just a
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step. it might be an important step in it might not, but what we are doing today is a step and probably a step in the right direction. there is a good feeling, so it .ould be very good as far as another meeting, i say let's see what happens today, but it could be very important. let's see, a question? [speaking foreign language] >> thank you, mr. president. margaret with bloomberg. me.pe you will and does i'm going to try to make my one question count.
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why do you want to step into north korea and what do you think that handshake could actually accomplish? nothing has substantially changed since. they have tested short range missiles paired why does kim jong-un deserve this moment? and how do you respond to the critics who say it is nothing more than a photo op or that you are legitimizing the nuclear state? i also want to get in one china clarification, jersey or agreement with president g as of xi as it, -- president is today, does that bring you back to the meeting in april where they had concessions, or are you back in november, at the beginning of the process. there are twop: distinct questions, and so before you make a third, if you look again, where we were 2.5 thes ago, i think i can say hatred that everybody had for
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everybody, and where it was going, and i said that if president obama's term was for some reason extended through any method including having a successor that. the way that administration had not, you would be right now at war with north korea. it would not be pretty, it would be tough. we have the greatest military in the world by far. we have a much greater military now than we did 2.5 years ago and we reported on it. we bought tremendous equipments, from jets, ships, equipment for soldiers, but we are in a different place now that we were 2.5 years ago, a different. and the previous administration wanted to talk. i would ask people, why are they talking? not everything happens with talks, some bad things happen with todd, too. we are so far in advance to where we were 2.5 years ago that it is always insulting.
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i think it is why the press has lost credibility. st suchve lo credibility. thinking to where we were 2.5 is ago, in a way it is insulting but we are doing well. let's see what happens in the end. we are doing well. big difference. as far as china is concerned, we are where we are. on $250ollecting 25% billion, and china is paying for it because, as you know, our inflation has not gone up, china has devalued their currency in order to pay for the tariffs, and in addition to devaluing, they have pumped a lot of money into their economic model. they have been pumping money and we have not. we have been retracting. we have been raising interest rates and they have been lowering interest rates. we are not playing on a fairfield. us at not been of help to all. despite that, we are winning big
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because we have created an economy that is second to none, greatest in the world. one of the things that happened at the g20, in fact, the president came up and said the same thing to president moon. congratulations on the economy, what has happened in the last 2.5 years is incredible. incredible. if the other thought process election, won the instead of being up 3%, we would have been down 5%, and i think you would have had a stock market crash because we were heading in that direction. it would have been very, very ugly. can i ask -- which] --ng formally [speaking foreign language]
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>> just to complete, you have to value the stock market from the day after i won because there was a tremendous surge after i won because of the fact that i won. if i hadn't won right after the election you would have had a tremendous decrease in the stock market. i noticed the previous administration was given credit for thousands of points of gain right after the election. it went up because i won and will take the credit and if you take that credit we have
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increased the stock market values by more than 50%. you have to take that credit. it went up only because i won and it went up a lot between election day and when we ultimately took office. and from there it went up a lot. it continues to go up a lot and now we are setting records virtually every day. this to conclude on china, president xi and i had a great meeting. we get along. we also have a really really good relationship and he wants to see something happen and i think there's a really good chance of that happening. [speaking foreign language]
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>> [speaking foreign language] havem sorry, but we don't much time. it's time for us to go.
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>> they don't want you to be a mediator. can you take us to the moment when you were at the border? thatdo you believe stepping over that line may represent for the united states and for the world? thank you very much. >> your first question was to president moon, right? foreign language]
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>> [speaking foreign language] >> first of all, we are indeed striving to achieve peace through dialogue that this does not necessarily mean that we will only travel in one direction. sometimes we have to pause and retreat. however i can reassure you that the only way we can achieve peace is through dialogue. so the meeting this afternoon will become a great moment in
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the peace process on the korean peninsula. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. this concludes the press conference given by president moon and president trump. [applause] >> president trump and north korean leader kim jong-un met at the demilitarized zone that divides north and south korea. following a handshake, mr. trump became the first u.s. president to step into north korea. both leaders spoke to the press during their visit. this is about half an hour.